Electricity "Re-Reg" Bill Defeated

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, July 14, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Senator Joseph Dunn's (D-Santa Ana) electricity "re-regulation" bill, SB 888, was defeated in the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee on Thursday, July 10. The bill, originally billed as the end of deregulation but scaled-back significantly in recent weeks, failed to get a single vote.

Dunn failed to gain the support of committee Democrats, including the committee chair, Assemblywoman Sarah Reyes (D-Fresno), who praised the author but said the bill wasn't ready yet. In a potentially significant development, Reyes left open the possibility she might support Dunn's efforts later in the session if another legislative vehicle materializes.

Reyes and others said such a bill would need to deal with the DA issue, a thorny problem for Dunn since SB 888 was first introduced. Originally, the bill repealed DA, the centerpiece of electric restructuring. Then, faced with opposition to the DA provisions in the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, Dunn amended it into a "core-noncore" bill. Last week, all references to DA were stripped out of the bill.

SB 888 was opposed by CMTA and numerous business organizations.
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